I attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on a "commission of inquiry" to examine Bush Administration policies governing detainee treatment.
On Tuesday, Salon.com's Mark Benjamin reported that US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is moving forward with with a commission to investigate torture during the Bush administration. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., told Salon Tuesday that his panel would soon announce a hearing to study various commission plans.
President Obama began his presidency by repudiating the Bush Administration's torture policies. On the heels of this decisive step, there is an opportunity for the US to lead again. American can demonstrate to the world that the US not only condemns policies that sanction torture and cruelty, but also strongly affirms the importance of supporting programs geared towards healing survivors of torture.
Last week Major General Antonio Taguba (US Army, Ret.) joined PHR and a bipartisan group of civil society groups and national security experts, including Judge William Sessions, the former Director of the FBI, in calling for a national commission to investigate the torture of detainees by US personnel.
PHR has joined a group of preeminent experts and NGOs calling for a non-partisan commission to investigate the detention, treatment and transfer of detainees following the attacks of September 11th, 2001. As PHR's repeated calls for a commission have reiterated, only a thorough inquiry can ensure that the clear, legal prohibition against torture is upheld.